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Farmers in the U.S. are turning to modified firmware from third parties to "jail break" tractors and other heavy equipment: allowing the equipment owners to diagnose problems and repair equipment without approval from the manufacturer.

Hobbled by DMCA, Farmers are jail breaking Tractors | Motherboard

In-brief: Hobbled by draconian copyright restrictions from manufacturers like John Deere that make it impossible to modify or repair equipment, farmers in the U.S. have turned to unofficial software produced in countries like Ukraine to maintain their equipment. 

Reports by security researchers say that hundreds of thousands of customers of CloudPets had their information exposed online in an unsecured customer database.

Updated: The CloudPets Incident is Everything That’s Wrong with Consumer Internet of Things

In-brief: the apparent leak of data on owners of CloudPets connected stuffed animals underscores lax security and privacy practices that are common among connected products firms. (Updated with comment from Troy Hunt. PFR 2/28/2017.)

Webinar: Deconstructing the Top IoT Attacks of 2016

Webinar: Deconstructing the Top IoT Attacks of 2016

In-brief: a recording and slides from the Security Ledger and Bastille’s recent webinar “Deconstructing the Top IoT Hacks of 2016” are now available online. 

Video from The Security of Things Forum: Hacking the Belkin WEMO with Invincea

Video from The Security of Things Forum: Hacking the Belkin WEMO with Invincea

In-brief: In this video from the Security of Things Forum in September, Scott Tenaglia of Invincea demonstrates vulnerabilities in Belkin’s WeMo family of connected home products. 

Amazon and MicroChip are partnering on an IoT ready chip designed to leverage Amazon's IoT Cloud.

Amazon, Microchip team on chip to protect IoT | IEEE Spectrum

In-brief: MicroChip and Amazon are partnering on a chip designed to pair with Amazon’s IoT cloud and provide cryptographically strong identities for IoT devices.